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2012-10-31 09:43:10 AM  
9 votes:

Epoch_Zero: How many people have ever been born?

Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?


You've got to be kidding me. I've been further even more decided to use even go need to do look more as anyone can. Can you really be far even as decided half as much to use go wish for that? My guess is that when one really been far even as decided once to use even go want, it is then that he has really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like. It's just common sense.
2012-10-31 08:15:12 AM  
8 votes:
All of them.
2012-10-31 10:24:09 AM  
4 votes:

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Why does that chart indicate that there were 0 people until 8000 BC? That makes no sense.


That's zero people plus or minus a few million. The margin of error is bigger than the population.

A lot of them were hiding in boxes with their cats and couldn't be counted by the enumerator without breaking and entering, so he or she put down a number based on the volume of the box and the amount of arguing and meowing coming from in the box.

While searching through Census records, I found that one person Charles G. Lewis, 18, was absent from the home at the time of enumeration. As a result, a whole new family, the Gabsent family, was accidentally created by a careless transcriber. A household of Old American WASPs in another census was turned into Italians by careless reading. As any Fortean knows, mysterious people pop into and out of existence constantly.

Since census-records are the basis for entitlements, there is a lot of political shenanigans as well, with conservatives denying the existence of possibly millions of Americans. The number of Muslims in America ranges from 1.5 million (if counted by Jews, B'nai B'rith) to 12 million (if counted by Muslims at the American Muslim Association or something like). That's a gap of over 10 million people, many of them members of the Ali Gabsent family. Republicans are not content to deny government services to people. They also try to deny people to government services.

This teaches us to be skeptical of statistics and numbers generally. Even with good faith and best practices, the population of the USA is only known to three, perhaps two, significant digits You could lose or gain a few small states without anybody noticing or caring. For example, when President Obama "accidentally" claimed there were 54 states HE MAY HAVE BEEN INADVERTANTLY LETTING THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG.

Personally I suspect that Obama has several states in reserve just in case the Election doesn't go his way.

Why, for example, is there a North Dakota and and a South Dakota? Why? Why? Do you even need one? Don't be surprise if East Dakota goes Democratic on Election Day. On the other hand, the Republicans are even worse. Don't be surprised if California disappears mysteriously, only to be won by the Republicans with 18,182 votes when it returns.

The world is full of Brigadoons, pockets of reality that float around and occasionally appear long enough to play nasty practical jokes on people.

Negative people are everywhere. Don't be fooled into thinking that the numbers are carved in stainless steel.
2012-10-31 11:29:34 AM  
2 votes:

Pair-o-Dice: A brazillion.


You're seriously underestimating. There are at least two Brazilian women.

i105.photobucket.com
2012-10-31 10:47:55 AM  
2 votes:

fruitloop: We should count. I'll start...

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I have a better idea. Let's insult them. All of them. Individually, personally, one by one, and (this is the thing we have to grit our teeth over) in Alphabetical Order.
2012-10-31 10:12:22 AM  
2 votes:

PirateKing: That's funny, because I would have sworn that you are all figments of my imagination.

/solipsism seems like a cool philosophy. I wonder why there aren't more of us.



There are as many of us as you want there to be.
2012-10-31 09:58:38 AM  
2 votes:
Well let's see. A one... a two-hoooo...

i567.photobucket.com

...A-three.
2012-10-31 09:47:09 AM  
2 votes:

Molavian: People have had sex hundreds of billions of times.

Just not you.


We've clearly hit a trillion. There's no way total sexual encounters / children had is less than 10.

That's something to be proud of, as a species. 1 trillion farks. I'd like Carl Haub to estimate when the trillionth fark happened.
2012-10-31 09:41:01 AM  
2 votes:
How many people have ever been born?

Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?
2012-10-31 09:34:45 AM  
2 votes:
People have had sex hundreds of billions of times.

Just not you.
2012-10-31 09:34:15 AM  
2 votes:
Well, let me put it this way. If all the corpses buried around here were to stand up all at once we'd have one hell of a population problem.
2012-10-31 12:21:46 PM  
1 votes:
Q. How many people have ever been born?
A. All of them. Some of them twice
2012-10-31 12:11:37 PM  
1 votes:
img248.imageshack.us

World death rate has been holding steady for some time now.
2012-10-31 11:30:43 AM  
1 votes:

The All-Powerful Atheismo: toddslacks: The All-Powerful Atheismo: toddslacks: Contrabulous Flabtraption: Threeve

Texa$

oooh, reference fail.

so close.

You obviously understood the reference so how was it a fail?

Because the reference is actually:

$Texas

It's like misquoting something. You can be executed in some hipster countries for that.


That's funny. I've obviously heard this reference more than I've seen it. I always pictured it that way. This makes more sense. Being at work, I didn't put in the time to research my reference. Also, I work in IT and see S replaced with $ on a weekly if not daily basis. So just laugh at my reference and keep quiet buck futter!
2012-10-31 10:53:49 AM  
1 votes:

toddslacks: The All-Powerful Atheismo: toddslacks: Contrabulous Flabtraption: Threeve

Texa$

oooh, reference fail.

so close.

You obviously understood the reference so how was it a fail?


Because the reference is actually:

$Texas

It's like misquoting something. You can be executed in some hipster countries for that.
2012-10-31 10:14:23 AM  
1 votes:
Numbers might be slightly skewed when some people only counted as 3/5ths.
2012-10-31 09:49:54 AM  
1 votes:
The question that should be asked is......

upload.wikimedia.org

How many people COULD have been born?
2012-10-31 09:48:34 AM  
1 votes:
On a somewhat related note:

upload.wikimedia.org

//Hotlinked.
2012-10-31 09:45:18 AM  
1 votes:
Molavian


People have had sex hundreds of billions of times.

Just not you.


Now we got subbys mom out of the way, we can start counting.
2012-10-31 09:29:38 AM  
1 votes:
Eleventy billion.
2012-10-31 09:19:43 AM  
1 votes:
We should count. I'll start...

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